STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS IN TRANSNATIONAL COOPERATION
Integrated spatial and transport corridor development is one of the strategies to affect trade, economic and demographic performance in linear systems around the world. However, such development can be elaborated at different levels: from exploring the dynamics of transnational cooperation, across analysing the extent of integration between spatial and transport policies within the states along the corridor, to focusing on the role of local stakeholders in supranational issues. Since this paper presents the initial phase of the European project on transnational cooperation in the domain of integrated spatial and transport development along the Hamburg-Athens corridor, the paper aims at providing a scientific-based overview on the mentioned corridor in the frame of an infrastructure programme initiated by the European Commission. The character of the paper is mainly descriptive thus elucidating the on-going research being conducted through the mentioned project. For this purpose, the multi-scalar perspective (i.e. global, regional, local) is used to analyse several indicators regarding the trade, economy and demography. Such a thorough overview is believed to provide a better examination of the current situation. Some general recommendations for strengthening the role of local authorities in a complex process of transnational cooperation are briefly given in the final part of the paper.
transnationality, trade, economy, demography, transportation, spatial development, cooperation, Hamburg-Athens corridor